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The Goats of Alicudi

Want to Adopt a Goat? This Island Off the Coast of Italy Has Them!
Photo Courtesy of UPI

When you hear Italy, perhaps you picture the countryside, cobblestone pathways leading to beautiful orange-tipped houses by a cerulean ocean, surrounded by cafes and endless possibilities of filling your stomach (I know I do!).

Italian island overrun by goats is begging people to catch and take them  away
Photo Courtesy of The New York Post

Most of the residents there you would expect spend their time enjoying the numerous activities Italy has to offer; however I’ll bet you never picture the same residents chasing after 100 wild goats.
Let’s travel to Alicudi, a small island just north of Sicily of about 100 residents, all facing the problem of a “wildly unbalanced” goat-to-person ratio.
According to CNN, the island has “been overrun by six times its desired number of goat inhibitors,” which is more animals per capita “than anywhere else that counts such things.”
Mayor Riccardo Gullo has created an “adopt-a-goat” program, where anyone, regardless of how much they know about goats, can take them off the island. The program was created as a backup as the authorities would not cull the animals, which would continue to invade homes, eating greens on any public spaces as well as climbing stone walls.
The goats were brought to the island 20 years ago by a farmer, says the regional Sicilian government, and reproduced.
So, if you are looking to buy one of these lovely goats, or up to the limit of 50, be sure to make an official request to the community by April 10! Those who do will have to email the local community as well as pay 16 euros for a stamp fee to make it official.

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Hi, my name is Mira Ivanis and I am a Senior at the WHS! This is my fourth year in the Newspaper Club. I am also part of Model UN, Debate, and Yearbook club; I love to play tennis and volleyball. I especially love to craft and paint in my free time!

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    Chris Summa c/o Winthrop High SchoolApr 5, 2024 at 9:59 am

    I love this article. If I was a farmer, yes, I would have a few of these goats.
    All in all, this was a fun article to read. I hope the “adopt-a-goat” program does work for the town as well as the goats!